Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Curry Shines Down the Stretch as Warriors Move One Win Away from NBA Crown

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Curry Shines Down the Stretch as Warriors Move One Win Away from NBA Crown

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OAKLAND, Calif. * The Warriors are a victory away from ending one long championship drought and extending another.

Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers and scored 37 points, and the Golden State Warriors withstood another brilliant performance from LeBron James to outlast the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 on Sunday night for a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.

With a sellout crowd rocking and roaring in their golden-yellow shirts, the regular-season MVP and his teammates took control of the game and possibly the series in the final minutes.

Curry connected inside and out sometimes way out to help the Warriors pull away, and James and the Cavs had no way to counter.

Curry scored seven points in a row the Warriors' final seven points to put Golden State in command after it led 97-89 with a little less than a minute and a half to play.

"He took over the game down the stretch," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

The Warriors will try to win their first title since 1975 on Tuesday night in Cleveland, which hasn't won a major sports championship in 51 years since the Browns won the NFL crown. Game 7, if necessary, would be in Oakland on Friday night.

James carried Cleveland as far as he could. The four-time MVP had 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, slowing the pace the way only he can.

"He has the ball in his hands a lot," Curry said. "Stick with the program. Don't get discouraged if he makes shots. He's going to. Over the course of 48 minutes, we hope we wear him down to make it very tough on him."

James made 15 of 34 shots in 44 minutes.

There were 20 lead changes and 10 ties in a game that featured nearly as many bruises as baskets but few big men and the league's two biggest attractions trading thrilling scores.

James made a 34-foot heave with the shot clock about to expire midway through the fourth period, and Curry answered with a step- back 3-pointer.

Klay Thompson, who scored 12 points, followed with another from deep shot for the Warriors.

The Warriors' Andre Iguodala later hit a 3 and then grabbed a rebound, tossing in a lefthanded put-back while getting fouled by Tristan Thompson. Iguodala strutted back to midcourt, staring at the announced crowd of 19,596 just about all of them on their feet through the fourth before missing the free throw. …

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